Melissa McCarthy was born on August 26, 1970, in Plainfield, Illinois. After working as a standup comedian in New York, she moved to Los Angeles, where she became a member of the legendary comedy troupe The Groundlings. After various TV appearances, she created her breakthrough as Sookie St. James on the acclaimed series Gilmore Girls. After landing a lead role on the show Mike & Molly, for which she won an Emmy, McCarthy was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Bridesmaids. A major Hollywood star, she has gone on to star in other comedic films like The Heat, Tammy, St. Vincent, and Spy.